Yoni Yoga has always been a conscious embodiment practice for me. I loved how it awakened my creative expression and, the affect it had on my painting. And even though I was enjoying it, all the old conditioning of living in a culture that does not eagerly support expressing your sensual aliveness was present as well.
This painting came in March of 2012, during a time when I was diving more deeply into the seeming dichotomy between the spiritual wisdom of my long term yogic life style and my deep sensual leanings. I was still in the early phase of shifting my way of working with women in my Yoga Nidra practice. I had developed Yoni Yoga Nidra and was working with clients in peri-menopause and menopause mitigate many the common side effects that were dragging them down. I was helping them to develop their Brain-Body-Yoni Connection utilizing my brand of Yoni Yoga and Yoni Meditations.
Using yoni yoga as a conscious embodiment practice we were having great success healing long held body armoring or trauma from childhood or early romantic involvements, elevating their libido’s and an overall sense of their vitality.
In short, my clients were much happier and more engaged in their lives. Even with all this success, and the gratitude of my clients and their husbands, I was still feeling discomfort arising in myself each time I began directing my clients to dive more deeply into their unique feminine anatomy.
I received my yoga training in an Ashram with a very long and refined relationship with Bramacharya as abstinence from sensual influence and sexual pleasure. I never bought into that part of my training and always felt like I lived on the outskirts of town, so to speak. Now, altering the sacred practice of Yoga Nidra to help woman reclaim their creative expression, physical and emotional vitality, and sensual presence, I was deliberately moving into an area that was classically off limits. I was also aware that I was consciously placing myself in a position where unpleasant criticism might flow my way.
Then one day I was listening to my meditation teacher while doing my somatic practice when a flash, like lightening, came into my minds eye. It felt like the energy of my spirit, animated by my yogic wisdom, and my sensual leanings, cultivated by actively living through my senses, combining in a potent sense of new understanding. It felt like a new structure and commitment of collaboration by these two aspects of myself were settling into a place of refuge together.
I don’t think there is any surprise that the colors of this painting are what they are, or that it resembles the opening of a Yoni, with the purple labia’s on either side.
When you look at the painting, how or where in your body do you feel your experience of it?
How do your sensual leanings and your wisdom practice inform one another?
They do, and become even more profound, synergistically, when we allow them a free flow of exchange. The problem is, many spiritual practices and teachings don’t speak to the importance of engaging those practices within a body-mind system that celebrates physical sensation. More often than not, it’s something to note, label, and set aside for the more important work of being present. Sensation is presence. In my world, it’s the best kind of presence. I love how a sunset feels in my body. I love how I feel when I hear rainfall, thunder or the soft curl of a wave caressing the beach.
When we engage yoni yoga as a conscious embodiment practice to develop right along side all of our other spiritual practices, our process of awakening becomes more enjoyable and dynamic.
Join me for Feed Your Juicy, a monthly tele-seminar devoted to helping women reclaim their physical, emotional and sensual vitality. Together, we will bridge the seeming gap between our spiritual practice and our innate sensuality as awakening women. We will engage our sacred center of feminine wisdom and intelligence in service of shifting our lives into a direction of our choosing. And, we will challenge our cultures habit of not supporting the development of sensual education and understanding. We will claim our innate sensual aliveness, paving the way for our daughters and their daughters to do the same.
Let’s make everyday be a Women’s March Day.
To understand how my approach to yoni yoga is different or may benefit you, please read The 6 Benefits of a Yoni Yoga Practice. If you are new to the idea of yoni yoga or are not sure why you might want to start a yoni yoga conscious embodiment practice, you may want first read my blog post 5 Reasons to Start a Yoni Yoga Practice.
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